Arjun Mathur is happy among those instrumental in bringing changes in India’s entertainment industry and content. “I feel like I am present at this particular time when everything is changing so much. At the moment, I feel that I am in the right place at the right time.
Arjun, who has been a part of the business for over a decade, has proved his versatility to be a part of nearly two dozen projects. These include content-related cinema like Luck By Chance, Coffee Bloom, I Am, Brijmohan Amar Rahe and others. However, Arjun got the much-needed Fanslet after playing the character of Karan Mehta in Made in Heaven (2019). He was also seen in Home Stories, The Gone Game and more recently in Silence … Can You Hear It? On various OTT platforms.
Arjun, who is currently busy shooting for the second season of Made in Heaven, says that despite acting for 12–13 years, viewers called the web show “a successful project” for him. “But that’s okay,” he said during an Instagram live session with the Indian Express.
Arjun, who played a gay character in the Amazon original series, revisited the role and if there was any barrier. “This was the third time I was playing a gay character. Maybe for a moment I would have thought, ‘Do I want to do this for the third time. There may be other artists who should have this opportunity. ‘But to be honest, the second I finished reading the script, I wasn’t going to let it go. I had to be a part of it. Once you make this decision, there is no reservation left. Then the only intention is to complete it as much as you can. “
Arjun, who plays Karan Mehta in Made in Heaven, also received an International Emmy Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor. Does that trick change things for him, going forward? “I never take that pressure even after an Emmy nomination. It’s not that I think differently now. I just have to focus on being true to my characters and portraying their reality authentically Do as I can. This is what brought me here, and this is where I need to go.
Although he refrained from revealing too much, he shared how he feels his character will grow in the upcoming season. “I thought in season one, he reached one end of my character graph to make a resolution or speak. But I was completely wrong. I am very excited about the direction my character is taking this season. Am. It’s so much more personal, deeper. It’s exciting, “he shared.
While we know that his Karan Mehta became a fan favorite character, has Arjun ever done any project to which he was unrelated due to ideological differences? The actor chose The Accidental Prime Minister, where he played the role of Rahul Gandhi. He said, “This is one of my filmography films that I regret. I don’t have a very good explanation about it. I know that I went through a deep struggle because I felt that the film came from a different place. And there was a publicity attached to it, which I did not agree with. But I decided based on my needs at that time. “
Adding that film taught him to prioritize things in life, Arjun said, “As an actor, it is important for me not to judge my characters. I really had to discuss with myself how to separate the work of art from politics, from personal beliefs. To that end, it was a political drama inspired by real events, where I was getting to play a biographical role. And I decided that I wanted to find out. But it was not easy. I remember being on that set and not being happy with the decision. At the end of it all, one is learning. I learned my lesson that nothing is worth what I am feeling, sitting on this set right now. So, never again will I prioritize what my heart is really telling me. “
Arjun is also gearing up for The Gone Game season 2, U-Special and Lord Curzon’s mansion.